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Ukrainian Karolina Shiino wins Miss Japan, sparks outrage

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Naturalized Japanese with Ukrainian roots, Karolina Shiino, was crowned Miss Japan 2024 (Miss Nippon) on Monday, January 22 in Tokyo. The 26-year-old model has made headlines around the world after winning her title as she is the first-ever caucasian woman to become Miss Japan in the pageant's 56-year history. Her victory ignited an online debate with many questioning the results, saying her win was "inappropriate" as "Miss Japan should be genetically Japanese." In a post on social media, Karolina thanked everyone who supported her journey to winning the national competition. She also shared how the past few months leading to the final allowed her to learn more about Japanese culture. "I fell in love with Japan even more and I feel like I was able to grow as a Japanese person," she said. "I was able to renew my interest in aspects of Japanese culture and traditional performing arts that I had not had much exposure to since I was familiar with them

Miss International 2024 will be held on November 12 in Tokyo

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The Miss International 2024 competition has been announced to be held on November 12 in Tokyo, Japan. This year's pageant will mark the 62nd edition of the Japan-based international beauty pageant. Tokyo first hosted Miss International in 1968 after being held in the USA since its inauguration in 1960. The pageant has already been held in the Japanese capital numerous times including last year's remarkable show. As of today, a few national winners have been crowned so far and further details including the final venue have yet to be officially revealed. The reigning Miss International is Venezuela's Andrea Rubio who was crowned last October at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Shibuya. View this post on Instagram A post shared by MISS INTERNATIONAL (@missinternationalofficial) Photos: Miss International

LIVE UPDATES: Miss International 2023 Final Competition Results

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Miss International 2023, the 61st Miss International pageant is happening tonight at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. Seventy beautiful, intelligent, and accomplished young women from different countries and territories around the world will battle it out to win the highly coveted international crown. Jasmin Selberg of Germany will crown her successor at the end of the event. The distinguished panel of judges who will decide tonight's winner consists of Roberto Seminario, Ryohei Miyata, Junko Koshino, Norika Fujiwara, Supapan Pichaironarongsongkram, Laurie Simpson (Miss International 1987), Soujitsu Kobori, Senko Ikenobo, and Akemi Shimomura. Who will be the next Miss International? View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jasmin Selberg (@jasminselberg) --- FINAL RESULTS --- Continental Queens Miss International Africa - Ghana, Mercy Jane Adorkor Pappoe Miss International Americas - USA, Kenyatta Beazer Miss International Asia Pacifi

Here's where to watch Miss International 2023 final show livestream

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After two weeks of pre-pageant events and activities, Miss International 2023 will culminate tonight at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. This year's competition will be the 61st edition of the prestigious Miss International beauty pageant. Seventy women from across the world will be vying for the coveted international title currently held by Jasmin Selberg of Germany. The event will stream live from 6 p.m. local time on the official YouTube channel of Miss International. Watch it here: Photo: Miss International RELATED POSTS: FAVORITES: Miss International 2023 Final Top 16 favorites FAVORITES: Miss International 2023 official glam shots Top 16 favorites FAVORITES: Miss International 2023 Top 12 pre-arrival favorites Miss International 2023: Meet the contestants

FAVORITES: Miss International 2023 Top 12 pre-arrival favorites

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The contestants vying for Miss International 2023 are expected to arrive in Japan this week and begin their pre-pageant activities leading to the final on October 26. Jasmin Selberg of Germany will crown her successor from a field of more than 70 international beauties at this year's venue, the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Shibuya, Tokyo. Ahead of the official start of one of the world's oldest and most prestigious international pageants, we carefully narrowed our list of "pre-arrival favorites" down to the Top 12. Meet our Top 12 pre-arrival favorites: (in alphabetical order) Angola - Teresa Antonio Sara Colombia - Sofía Osío Luna Côte D'Ivoire - Nassita Diako Cuba - Sheyla Ravelo Perez Dominican Republic - Yamilex Hernandez Finland - Petra Hämäläinen Mexico - Itzía Garcia Philippines - Nicole Borromeo Puerto Rico - Amanda Paola Solis Spain - Claudia González Thailand - Supaporn Ritthipruek Venezuela - Andrea Rubio Special mentions: Indonesia, Estonia, Netherlan

Miss International 2023: Meet the contestants

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Miss International 2023, the 61st edition of the Miss International pageant is about to officially begin in Tokyo, Japan. More than 70 international beauties from different countries and territories are expected to arrive in "the land of the rising sun" and compete for the highly coveted international title. This year's edition will mark the debuts of Albania, Bangladesh, Lesotho, and Pakistan and the returns of Angola, Côte D'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ghana, Lithuania, Martinique, Moldova, Myanmar, the Netherlands, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe. The much-awaited final and coronation show will be held at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Shibuya. Reigning Miss International Jasmin Selberg of Germany will crown her successor at the end of the event. Don't forget to vote for your favorites on the official Miss International app. Three contestants with the highest number of votes from Asia & Oceania, Europe & Africa, and

Miss Japan 2023 is Ai Yoshida of Saga

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Ai Yoshida was crowned Miss Japan 2023 in a national competition held last Thursday, September 28 at the Hotel Chinzanso in Tokyo. The 25-year-old public servant representing Saga bested 39 other contestants to win the national title. She succeeds last year's winner  Shiori Kojima of Kanagawa. Risa Hiroi of Yamaguchi placed second while Shiori Ohno of Kumamoto, Miyuki Hase of Hokkaido, and Yanase Alessa of Osaka were third, fourth, and fifth, respectively. Alongside the new Miss Japan, Junya Ota of Kanagawa was proclaimed Mr. Japan 2023 while Ayumi Yoshimura of Kyoto clinched the title of Miss Japan Premium 2023. Their respective predecessors were  Kaito Iwami and Mari Uehara. The winners will now embark on a year-long adventure as titleholders and will be involved in official events and charity activities. "We aim to create opinion leaders who are not just beautiful, but also possess intelligence, sensibility, humanity, physicality, and self-confidence," the organizers

Miss Universe Japan 2023 is Rio Miyazaki

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Rio Miyazaki was crowned Miss Universe Japan 2023 in a national competition held on Wednesday, August 30 at the Yamano Hall in Tokyo. The 20-year-old early childhood education student at Kyoritsu Women's University from Shizuoka Prefecture beat 30 other competitors to win the coveted national title. Nana Miwa and Risa Morishita were the first and second runners-up, respectively, while Mio Yamamoto and Misaki Matsumoto rounded out the Top 5 finalists. The rest of the Top 11 semifinalists were Kana Takada, Karen Miyazawa, Mina Yasukawa, Ria Iuchi, Sayaka Uechi, and Yuma Enomoto. Last year's winner Marybelen Sakamoto crowned her successor at the end of the glittering event. The new Miss Universe Japan will now prepare to represent her country at Miss Universe 2023 in El Salvador this November. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Miss Universe Japan Official (@missuniversejapan) Photos: Miss Universe Japan RELATED POST: Miss Universe Japan 2023: Meet t

Miss Earth Japan 2023 is Kirari Oshiro of Okinawa

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Kirari Oshiro bested 22 other competitors to be crowned Miss Earth Japan 2023 in a national competition held on Thursday, August 3 at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo. The 20-year-old university student representing Okinawa succeeds last year's winner Manae Matsumoto and will now prepare to represent her country at Miss Earth 2023 in Vietnam this December. Rounding out the Top 5 finalists were Haruna Kokubo of Tokyo (second place), Arisa Nagasaka of Osaka (third place), and Yume Kusunoki of Niigata (fourth place). Reigning Miss Earth Mina Sue Choi from Korea and former Miss Earth Fire Jareerat "Baitong" Petsom from Thailand were special guests at the event. Meet the new Miss Earth Japan: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Miss Earth Japan Official (@missearthjapan) Photos: Miss Earth Japan / Instagram

Miss Grand Japan 2023 is Yayoi Machida

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Yayoi Machida was crowned Miss Grand Japan 2023 in a national competition held on Sunday, July 16 at the Tokyo FM Hall in Tokyo. The 26-year-old beauty from Tokyo bested 13 other competitors to win the title. She succeeds Seira Inoue and will now represent Japan at Miss Grand International 2023 in Vietnam this October. Karina Yamada was named first runner-up while Yuka Oyama, Taeko Yoshida, and Yuki Furihata were the second, third, and fourth runners-up, respectively, while Mizuki Ueda and Saki Inoue rounded out the Top 7 finalists. The new Miss Grand Japan also bagged the Best in Evening Gown, Miss Popular, and the Mix Chanel Award. View this post on Instagram A post shared by 𝐌𝐈𝐒𝐒 𝐆𝐑𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐉𝐀𝐏𝐀𝐍 (@missgrandjapan) Photos: H. Shima, Miss Grand Japan / Instagram

Miss Grand Japan 2023: Meet the contestants

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The Miss Grand Japan 2023 final competition will be held this Sunday, July 16 at the Tokyo FM Hall in Tokyo from 3 p.m. local time. A total of 14 beauties will be vying for the national title and the winner will have the opportunity to represent Japan at Miss Grand International 2023 in Vietnam this October. Who will succeed last year's winner Seira Inoue as Miss Grand Japan? Meet the contestants: View this post on Instagram A post shared by 𝐌𝐈𝐒𝐒 𝐆𝐑𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐉𝐀𝐏𝐀𝐍 (@missgrandjapan) Karina Yamada Megumi Ohteki Midori Sawano Miyuki Nozawa Mizuki Ueda Saho Suenaga Saki Inoue Shinoki Mami Taeko Yoshida Yayoi Machida Yuka Oyama Yuki Furihata Yukiko Hayashi Yurina Ishihara Photo: Kazz Yamaji, Miss Grand Japan / Instagram

Miss Universe Japan 2023: Meet the contestants

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Following several rounds of auditions and screenings, the 34 contestants vying for Miss Universe Japan 2023, and their official headshots, have been officially revealed online. Their pre-pageant training sessions already kicked off with the presence of national director Hiroko Mima, former titleholder Miyako Miyazaki, and last year's winner. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Miss Universe Japan Official (@missuniversejapan) This year's winner will be crowned in August by reigning Miss Universe Japan Marybelen Sakamoto and will represent the "Land of the Rising Sun" at Miss Universe 2023 in El Salvador. Who will be the next Miss Universe Japan? Meet the contestants: Ai Mariaximena Sakuraba Aki Yavas Angelene Seki Emi Ozaki Eri Fujita Hiroka Takise Kaho Tanaka Kana Takada Karen Miyazawa Kotoha Abe Kyoka Hori Madoka Higuchi Mao Eguchi Mariya Nagasawa Mayuka Oyama Miho Yamabe Mika Maeda Mina Yasukawa Mio Yamamoto Misaki Matsumoto Miyu Matsu